7 updates on payer-provider relationships

Here are seven recent articles posted by Becker's Hospital Review that concern payer-provider relationships: 

1. BCBS of Minnesota inks 5-year, risk-based agreement with US Oncology provider        
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is changing the way it pays for cancer care under a new agreement with Minnesota Oncology, a US Oncology cancer care provider with 12 locations in the Twin Cities area.

2. Anthem, Georgia health system hit contract snare        
Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System and Anthem have hit a contract impasse.

3. Humana expands primary care network            
Humana added 11 more primary care practices to its Medicare Advantage network in Arizona, Georgia and Texas through an expanded partnership with Iora Health.

4. United-TeamHealth snafu may have industrywide effects: Moody's            
A contract dispute between UnitedHealth Group and physician staffing company TeamHealth could indirectly affect hospitals and other providers, according to credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service.

5. Anthem's narrow network in Indiana grows to 45 hospitals            
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has expanded its narrow provider network, HealthSync, to 45 hospitals, the insurer said Sept. 3.

6. Horizon BCBS sues physician advocacy group over 'smear campaign'            
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey sued a physician advocacy group after the group urged patients to fight the insurer's new claim oversight contract.

7. MaineHealth's ACO president talks new Medicare Advantage plan with Anthem            
In late August, Portland-based MaineHealth announced plans to create a joint venture with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.

More articles on payers:
BCBS Association's CMO resigns months after CEO announces retirement
CVS-Aetna deal gets final approval from judge
2 Michigan health plans to merge           

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